Carlos Boozer talks about playing without Derrick Rose

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Bulls are trying to learn to play without Derrick Rose this preseason.

The Bulls were without point guard Kirk Hinrich in the second half of their 94-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday after he tweaked his right groin and again concerns arose about Chicago's back court heading into the regular season.

Without Derrick Rose and Hinrich last night, the Bulls turned to Nate Robinson with only rookie Marquis Teague and Marko Jaric behind him on the Bulls' depth chart.

Veteran power forward Carlos Boozer addressed the adjustment that the Bulls have to make this season without Rose to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago:

"We're trying to figure out ways to win without D. Rose being out there," Boozer said. "For us, and I think from that perspective, I think it's great we had this preseason, a full training camp to figure out ways to play ball and win without him right now. And obviously when we get him back we'll implement him into everything, but right now I think the biggest thing we're learning from the preseason is learning how to finish games without him."

Boozer led the Bulls with 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists on 11-of-20 shooting from the field against the Thunder to help the Bulls improve to 4-2 in the preseason. Hinrich left the game after recording eight points, three rebounds and two assists in just under 15 minutes of playing time.

The Bulls final preseason game will be this Friday versus Indiana before they open the regular season at home versus the Sacramento Kings on October 31.

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